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Hunger of Memory: Introduction
Hunger of Memory: Plot Summary
Hunger of Memory: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Hunger of Memory: Themes
Hunger of Memory: Quotes
Hunger of Memory: Characters
Hunger of Memory: Symbols
Hunger of Memory: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Richard Rodriguez
Historical Context of Hunger of Memory
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- Full Title: Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez: An Autobiography
- When Written: 1976-1982
- When Published: 1982
- Literary Period: American modernism
- Genre: Memoir; Intellectual Autobiography
- Setting: For the most part, the California of Rodriguez’s childhood
- Climax: When Rodriguez decides to leave academia as an act of protest, despite feeling called to teaching as a profession
- Antagonist: The book does not have a single antagonist; rather, it shows Rodriguez wrestling with questions of identity, belonging, and guilt
- Point of View: First person from Rodriguez’s perspective
Extra Credit for Hunger of Memory
Not exactly a sophomore slump. Though it was not published until a decade after Hunger of Memory, Rodriguez’s second book, Days of Obligation (in which he came out as gay), was a finalist for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.
Lightning rod. While some critics derided Hunger of Memory because of Rodriguez’s stance on affirmative action and bilingual education, others praised it due to Rodriguez’s artistic style. Paul Zweig, writing for the New York Times, even compared Rodriguez to both Wordsworth and Proust!